Is There Anything to Rejoice Over in Suffering? A Look at Why God’s People Suffer

by Michael T. Graham Jr. – Oct 3
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Suffering and hardship is something that all human beings must face. While the degree and frequency to which we face it varies, the reality is still the same, pain and suffering is an inevitable part of life.  The question that many Christians have is, why does God allow his people to suffer?  John Kimbell, pastor of Clifton Baptist Church, Louisville, KY, seeks to answer this question in a sermon he entitles, “Only That Christ is Proclaimed.”  In this sermon, John looks at Paul’s comments in Philippians 1:12-18 concerning his current imprisonment, and he points to three reasons Paul says he rejoices in his suffering.
1. Suffering that Honors God Advances the Gospel (Philippians 1:12-18)
2. Suffering that Honors God Strengthens those Around You (Philippians 1:14)
3. Suffering that Honors God Reminds Us That Life Is Not About Us (Philippians 1:15-18)